Google today announced the App Inventor for Android.
To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.
Lots of practitioners have wanted to create Apps (in the main for the iPhone it has to be said) but when they download the SDKs they suddenly realise how out of their depth they are. This tool looks like it will be much much easier to create Android Apps.
I found the following comment interesting.
You can create a quiz app to help you and your classmates study for a test.
It would appear form this that Google are aiming the app not just at teachers but also learners.
Though the iPhone has been very successful and had a lot of publicity, in terms of sales Android has sold a lot more phones. So it is more likely that our learners will have Android phones in the future.
An interesting development in my opinion.
Video of the App Inventor in action.